Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has warned that the Conservative Government must start listening on green energy policy or risk doing lasting damage to the development of a renewable energy industry.
Mr Carmichael was speaking after being appointed to the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change and after challenging Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, at Scottish Questions in the Commons on the recent decision by the government to end support for onshore wind power a year earlier than had been previously expected.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Carmichael challenged the minister on this decision:
Niall Stuart, the chief executive of Scottish Renewables, says of this decision that it is “bad for jobs, bad for investment and can only hinder Scotland and the UK’s efforts to meet binding climate change targets”. Why does the Secretary of State think he knows better than Niall Stuart?
Commenting afterwards Mr Carmichael said:
“As on so many matters, the Government shows no inclination to listen to those who know what they are talking about when it comes to energy policy. They risk doing lasting damage as a result. I am pleased to have a platform as part of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change to challenge this high-handed and wrong-headed attitude. We shall be questioning the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change next Tuesday and I hope that she will be able to provide more convincing answers than her colleague at the Scotland Office could today.”